Experiential Blog: Outdoor Spaces Provide The Best Immediate Solution For Brand Activation
External promotional spaces can offer flexibility and a fantastic creative platform post lockdown
With the lockdown starting to ease, people are able to go further afield and will be eager to be entertained in a more experiential fashion. With an ease in lockdown and a lust for something new and different, we are seeing a steady build-up in demand for outdoor locations.
There are a number of reasons for this boom:
1. People will generally be more relaxed outdoors in the short-term
This will encourage participation and dwell time as people are able to spectate/participate at a distance.
2. Larger external spaces enable easy implementation of social distancing measures
External spaces tend to be larger and have more flexibility in terms of layout so social distancing and queuing measures can be employed.
3. Sampling campaigns are viable
With social distancing and hygiene practices implemented, it will still be possible to carry out sampling campaigns albeit in a slightly different fashion.
4. Roll on/Roll off experiential achievable
Depending on the set-up and good agency planning, an experience can be incorporated into a vehicle, which is bespoke to the event and almost ready to go on arrival. This can then be transported to multiple venues quickly and efficiently with little set-up and de-rig time required.
5. Larger temporary structures are also possible
This includes bespoke shipping containers or even inflatable cubes as this retail park tour for The Dragonball Experience demonstrated earlier in the year.
6. Cost-effective options are possible
A simpler set up, which is incorporated into a vehicle for example, allows for a cheaper tour as less build staff will reduce the overall cost of the event.
7. Brilliant back drops and iconic spots
One New Change is located next to St Paul’s Cathedral and offers a unique backdrop for PR stunts.
There are a number of promotional spaces throughout London including Broadgate and Paddington Central, as well as multiple stations, which provide a stunning backdrop for experiential activity.
8. Photos and filming can have greater impact
External promotional sites can enable the use of sunrise/sunset for time-lapse or just general lighting options that indoor cannot offer. The longer days and higher temperatures in summer also mean the activity can gain more exposure.
9. Being external offers the chance of a higher dwell time when the weather is good
This is obviously not guaranteed in the UK but many agencies believe that the bounce back from isolation will be intense and that we will all be craving some entertainment, which offers a great opportunity for brands.
10. Can be a good way to target a specific demographic
As people start to come back to work, there will be more people in central locations such as New Street Square, Cardinal Place and Regent’s Place. These venues have all proved excellent locations to target professionals.